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Widespread corruption is the foremost problem the entire world is facing today. It is prevalent from grassroots level to upper class and from one end of the globe to another one. The year of 2011 will always be remembered in human history for its undaunted crusade against corruption. Some of the most corrupt nations on the globe responded to corruption like never before. The crusade, where millions of people came out of the shell and raised their voice against corruption, shook thrones of many dictators around the world. Citizens in Middle East and expressed their anger against the government and demanded greater rights on the top of their voices. Though the moment witnessed an unprecedented success, it does not mean that entire world became corruption free and corrupt countries vanished from the map. There are still a huge number of nations whom the cholera of corruption is plaguing like a never-ending epidemic. Here is the Transparency International Corruption Index of 2-11 that mentions The Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World.
Uzbekistan tops the corruption list. It is one of the fastest growing economies in Central Asia. However, widespread corruption in governance remains a foremost hurdle for the further development of the country.
Eritrea comes at second position in the list of most corrupt countries in the world. Though it is a small economy in the Horn of Africa, Eritrea is leading on the path of development slowly but steadily. Even then the widespread corruption continues to become one of the most prominent obstacles in the development of the country.
Laos ranks third in the list of corrupt nations. It is a single-party socialist republic. The government could not do anything to bring the corruption scale down. A member of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement and Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Laos fails to eradicate corruption from its press and politics.
Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, ranks fourth in the list. The last few decades turned out to be very destructive for the country as, in most of the years, it remained engaged in war. The long war brought the country’s economy to the ground and put a question mark on its survival.
5. Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea ranks fifth in the list. It is a very small economy of West Africa. Less freedom of press and increasing human rights violations are the main problem zones, which this tiny country needs to work upon.
Belarus falls at sixth place in the corruption list. Belarus has a Corruption Index of 83 out of 100. Corruption in bureaucracy and administration is one among several reasons that prove a block in the development of the country.
7. Democratic Republic of Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo ranks seventh in the list. This country is located in Central Africa. It has long been notoriously famous for its lawlessness and is recognized worldwide as a nation with a high rate of corruption.
Swaziland, a country which is unknown to many of us, ranks eighth in the list. It is a very small country trapped in the swamp of corruption. The Corruption Index of Swaziland, that is 81.3, positions this country at eighth slot.
Iran, an Islamic Nation, ranks ninth in the list with a Corruption Index of 79.1. Home to one of the world’s oldest civilization, prevailing corruption in governance is the main reason Iran appears in the list.
Officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the country takes the tenth position in the list. Ethiopia is a very small nation situated in the Horn of Africa. Widespread corruption is worsening the situation in the country and has posed a great threat to the development of the country.